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Ex Kardashian employee given ‘£145 face cream’ instead of a raise despite money worries

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A former Kardashian-Jenner app employee has claimed she was rewarded with a free sample of cream for winning Employee of the Week – amid alleging struggling financially.

Jessica DeFino said she worked as an assistant editor on the Kardashian-Jenner Official Apps in 2015 and 2016, with her having written about the job in an article this week.

It came in response to Kim Kardashian, 41, advising women to “get your f***ing a** up and work,” with the reality TV star saying it seems like “nobody wants to work these days.”

The Keeping Up with the Kardashians alum later said that her remark had been misinterpreted, though it has prompted DeFino to write about her her previous job.

As reported recently, she wrote about her experience for Vice – alleging that she couldn’t even afford to fill her car up with gas at one point during her employment.

DeFino said she had been employed by digital media company Whalerock Industries, who were hired by the Kardashian-Jenner family to create their apps in 2015.

She said that she threw herself into work in a bid to show her supervisors that she deserved “a raise, a title change, anything” – soon voted Employee of the Week.

Although DeFino suggests she’d hoped to be rewarded with a pay rise – having claimed in the piece that she was struggling financially – that reportedly wasn’t the response.

She claimed in the recent article: “I was awarded a free sample of Crème de la Mer.” The former employee added: “If only I could pay my landlord in luxury skincare.”

In the article, she recalled some of her colleagues’ nominations – which had seen her win the weekly award – with her having been described as “outstanding” in one.

DeFino – who was an assistant editor for the apps – claimed that her annual salary was initially $35,000 (£27,000), which she said was “low and laughable” in Los Angeles.

She said nearly half of her income went on renting a “run-down studio” with much of the rest on utilities – claiming she sold clothes at second-hand stores for extra cash.

The writer said she later pursued a pay rise at her one-year review – after she was caught doing freelance work on the side – with her eventually getting $42,000 (£32,000).

She however said that it was “too little money for too many hours and too much stress,” with another former employee saying there had been a “toxic work environment.”

DeFino said it was estimated upon launch that the apps would generate $32 million (£25 million) in a year – though she was “shopping for groceries at [discount stores].”

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